Smart Home - the intelligent house for the future
Improving quality of life and efficient use of energy are at the heart of this. Connecting and remotely controlling devices or the entire household creates more transparency in customers' energy usage (compared to the current situation) and significantly increases energy efficiency. Intelligent meters - known as smart meters - are part of the interface with the electricity grid. In addition to simply measuring energy, these enable smart regulation of energy consumption.
By using a smart meter in connection with smart household devices, a charging column for electric vehicles, photovoltaic cells and small thermal power stations, the resident can design and manage their own energy consumption. They decide how much energy they want to take from the distribution grid and can shape their own energy balance. Communication media such as smartphones, which are already widespread, and the development of user-friendly apps support this change.
The consumer becomes a 'prosumer'
A smart home with a local generation asset, e.g. photovoltaic cells on the roof or a thermal power station in the cellar, can produce more energy than can be consumed by the electrical devices being used. Therefore, the smart home doesn't just consume energy: it also feeds the excess energy into the electricity grid. The customer is no longer just a consumer of energy, but becomes a prosumer, who generates (Producer) and uses (Consumer) energy themselves.
Smart energy consumption
A smart measurement system measures the generation and consumption in a smart home in real time. As well as this data, the measurement system also receives information from the electricity grid, e.g. on developments in the price of electricity or on the grid load. This information allows intelligent regulation of the household's energy consumption. Electricity can be drawn from the grid when it makes financial or ecological sense for the customer. In future, household devices will be able to be switched on when the electricity price is the best value. Smart management makes most sense for devices with high operating costs, e.g. producing heat or operating freezers. Energy-intensive operating phases to generate heat or cold are "deferred" to times when energy prices are lower.